Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 24th Matchbox Ambassador Report, by Larry Scaduto...

We have a new Matchbox Ambassador.  Nigel Cooper now joins John Yanouzas, Jim Gallegos, David Tilley, Terry Ozima, John Nijhus, Chuck Wiersma, Shabbir Malik, and John Lambert in the "emeritus" camp, and we will now sit back and enjoy watching Larry Scaduto take the ranks.  

Larry has put out his first report, giving us an idea of what to expect, plus he asked for your help.  Give it a read. 

Welcome Larry!

Ambassador Report July 23rd,2014

Larry Scaduto (Ambassador #10)


Firstly, I would like to thank Dave Weise & everyone else involved in selecting me as the next ambassador to Matchbox. As a collector of JUST Matchbox for over 50 years it is my honor to represent the collecting community and of course, the brand of which I so dearly love! I started out as a 7 year old kid who “borrowed permanently” his first 7 models from a friend back in 1964. At present my collection sits somewhere over 16,000 cars, gift sets and other Matchbox related items. So with that said, let’s talk about our last ambassador….

Nigel has been a friend of mine for at least 25 years. We’ve done a lot of trading over the years, but we haven’t touched base in quite some time. It was nice this year to sit down with him and catch up. All I can say to him is that “you set the bar pretty high for the next ambassador….little did I know I was to follow you! Thank you for a wonderful job this past year. Your knowledge of this great hobby is phenomenal and it made for some good reading”. I have a good idea of how I’m going to do the reports. It will be a work in progress but you will get the very best effort I can give, along with ensuring that I am always available and approachable. 

Thank you once again to Mattel, The Matchbox Team and everyone involved in my selection. It’s time to move forward and bring on 2015….Thank you!

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The Ambassador Reports:

Starting out, I will be setting the reports up similar to Nigel’s. The first thing you will see in every report will be the new products from Matchbox.  I will also be keeping the question & answer section going. I discussed this with the team and they said keep them coming. I will say up front if questions summited are repeats from earlier reports, they will not be answered. I will edit them so they are simple and right to the point. If for any reason Mattel cannot answer the question, that will have to be the answer. There are some things that must remain confidential!!!

My next part will include something different….A show & tell section. Nigel was showing us his wonderful collection and the history behind certain models. I will say upfront, I don’t have that kind of background knowledge and insight into Lesney Products, so I won’t pretend to be an expert there. The majority of what I collect is SuperFast. I will start the ball rolling by showing you some interesting pieces from my collection. If you have a rare Matchbox item to show the collectors, please feel free to submit pictures and a little story about the item. I will try and include as many stories as possible. Let me know what you all think of this idea, as I do welcome your feedback!
   As for the final part, so far it will be a “What’s in your area” section. Send me pictures from stores in your area or what you have brought home that is new and/or different. If you have found any items from the latest batch or a variation that we should see….we want to know (or at least Tilley wants to know). That means tell us where you found the models as well!! There is nothing more frustrating than someone posting that they found the latest releases and not telling you where. This information will be really helpful for us collectors, and it will let the Matchbox Team know how the models are being distributed throughout the world.

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Larry Scaduto


  1. Nice report! Exited for the real thing..

    1. You are welcome!!!!

  2. I'm not telling anyone where I find things......

  3. Welcome, And I hope the pictures will be bigger than the ones that you have posted, I have not very good eyesight, and these are way too small, they dont even open up to a larger size.

    As for finding stuff, like its said above, I find it too hard already without having everyone know, it will mean i wont get anything, I am STILL trying to get the BMW from this year, but I wont be holding my breath as mattel does not seem to care much about Europe and the UK in particular, considering this is where it all started.

    1. Hi Jon,
      The pictures will be larger!!

  4. Surely you state that Mattel will know hoe the models are being distributed, if they dont know then there is really something amiss, they will be fully aware of what goes to what country and to which distributor and company, after that they dont care, they have done the selling bit, the rest is down to the stores.

  5. Welcome Larry, to the Lamley Group. I will be happy to hear your reports here... very am looking forward to them...

  6. Welcome to your post Larry. I as you have been a collector for as long as I can remember. There was a point in my teens where I lost an entire collection. Once I got married and settled down I returned to the collecting.
    Anyway what I hope to see is a combined effort between us
    The readers and you and MB to try and come together somewhere in the middle where the collector and the children can be happy with what is being produced. I will appreciate your reports but it seemed that the info and our distaste for what MB was producing was getting to MB.
    That is very important, I get there is a bottom line for the company and the kids have to be represented. My kids are now in their teens they love their video games but I instilled this brand and the blue brand as I have been a collector of both. In recent years my boys have leaned towards the blue cards for the sport models like the Bugatti and the Lambos. At their age it's great to see they have a spot for mini masterpieces. I hope Orange will lure them in. I know my ,17yr old is going to love the Tesla. It would be great to see a Maseratti (that dont look right but you know what I mean). There are so many great cars that have never been done new and old.

    Anyway Larry I'm rambling on sure get the point but welcome and if things get a little heated remember it's not personal or necessarily directed towards you just frustration but I'm hoping the new direction MB is eludding to comes to fruition again welcome and thanks for taking the time.

  7. Good evening John,
    You are not rambling on....nothing wrong about being passionate about your hobby. I sure am!!! That's why I excepted the ambassadorship. After seeing the new offerings for next year, I'm hoping the direction Matchbox is going will continue... It is hard for a company such as Matchbox to make models that can satisfy such a wide age group. You make a generic car the kids like and the adults don't like make a adult styled model and the kids find it dull and uninteresting. So somebodies always gonna be unhappy!! The simple solution is to find a balance of good generics and licensed models that everyone will like. Not as easy as one might think when there's licensing issues among other obstacles that stand in the way. we must be optimistic about 2015...I am!! Larry Scaduto (Ambassador #10)